Classic Macaroni Salad

This classic macaroni salad is a crowd-pleaser at every cookout, potluck, and picnic!


  • 4 cup elbow macaroni, uncooked
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 14 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 23 cup white sugar
  • 2 12 tbsp prepared yellow mustard
  • 1 12 tsp salt
  • 12 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 stalk celery, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 14 cup carrot, grated (optional)
  • 2 tbsp pimentos, chopped (optional)


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add macaroni and cook until tender, about 8 minutes. Rinse under cold water and drain.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, mustard, salt, and pepper. Stir in onion, celery, green pepper, carrot, pimentos, and macaroni. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving, but preferably overnight.

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